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or fustinella

[fuhs-tuh-nel-uh, foo-stuh-] /ˌfʌs təˈnɛl ə, ˌfu stə-/
a short stiff skirt, usually pleated, made of white cotton or linen, worn by men in some parts of the Balkans.
Origin of fustanella
1840-50; < Italian < Modern Greek phoustanélla, diminutive of phoustáni woman's dress < Italian fustagno fustian Unabridged
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  • He cannot work because he wears the fustanella, and it is said that he wears the fustanella in order to be unable to work.

    Through the Land of the Serb Mary Edith Durham
  • The streets are narrow and irregular, the men mostly in European costume, with here and there a fustanella.

    From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe
British Dictionary definitions for fustanella


a white knee-length pleated skirt worn by men in Greece and Albania
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, from Modern Greek phoustani, probably from Italian fustagnofustian
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